My freeview is a shrine to dust. A neglected mistress. I have zero interest in current affairs or majority of programmes. Pompous reality shows such as Love Island murder my brain cells. I prefer a box set binge. Historical and decadent shows like Deadwood, Spartacus, Rome, or Vikings.
Books are a whetstone for the mind. I read daily to learn, absorb, and grow as a writer. Nothing like falling through a hole in the page and getting lost for hours. I frequently juggle two, three different texts. A well-thumbed paperback is my silver bullet, but the Kindle app is also loaded with digital ammunition as they’re significantly cheaper.
A friend of mine hosts regular film nights where we watch and analyse, critique and appreciate. It’s also a good excuse to surf beer waves. I often watch a film on repeat, study dialogue, reactions, and musical impact in emotional situations. Film is my preferred form of relaxation. International cinema is a particular favourite. Masterpieces such as Secret in Their Eyes (Argentine original), Martyrs (French), Raw, Let the Right One In (Swedish), Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, Oldboy (Spike Lee version), The Witch (dir. Robert Eggers).
Music relumes my soul. I’m a very emotional person. Lyrics cut me deep. Songs like Snuff (Slipknot) capture the anguish and pull on my heartstrings. Women always were my avalanche of happiness and sorrow.
Lake District. Places where trees outweigh people. The serenity of nature, cold whisper of water. That’s where I feel at home. People are stones in my pocket and sometimes, just sometimes—you must cast them out.
I don’t pay for cruelty. I’m not an adventurous eater or a slave to taste, but I do recommend Wagamama’s vegatsu.
Just get me drunk.
Francisco Goya’s ‘Black Paintings’ brushed me with intrigue for many years. I’m also captivated by Luis Royo’s combination of eroticism and myths of beauty and the beast.
“The worst feeling is falling for someone and knowing that they won’t be there to catch you.” ~ Rashida Rowe
BIO: Erik Hofstatter is a dark fiction writer, born in the wild lands of the Czech Republic. He roamed Europe before subsequently settling on English shores, studying creative writing at the London School of Journalism. He now dwells in Kent, where he can be encountered consuming copious amounts of mead and tyrannizing local peasantry. His work appeared in various magazines and podcasts around the world such as Morpheus Tales, Crystal Lake Publishing, The Literary Hatchet, Sanitarium Magazine, Wicked Library, Manor House Show, and The Black Room Manuscripts Volume IV. Other works include Rare Breeds, The Crabian Heart, Toroa, and Isidora’s Pawn.